Jan 14, 2013 1:00pm PST
says president obama. >> the difference between this year and 2011 is the fact that we have made $1.2 trillion in cuts. at the time i indicated that there were cuts that we can sensibly make that would not damage our economy. would not impede growth. >> in a statement, john boehner stood by the efforts to use the debt ceiling as leverage. the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing spending at the same time, he said. the consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real and so too are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved. >> if you think about the first four years. >> hoary addressed concern that is the new cabinet lacks diversity. of the 16 cabinet positions, only two are women. recent appointments to posts have been white men. the president promised the diversity of his second term cabinet will meet that of his first. >> i would suggest that everybody wait until they have seen all my appointments. who is in the white house staff and who is in my cabinet before they rush to judgment. >> the president respond
Jan 13, 2013 3:00pm PST
and president obama as well as the first lady and two little girls standing in for sasha and malia obama. not as many expected this time as four years ago but still quite a crowd. >> what we are hearing is anywhere from 600,000 to 800,000 people coming into the city. you compare that to 2008-2009. the 2008 election, 2009 inauguration, it was almost 2 million. those of us in the business community would love to see 2 million people in the city. we are not looking anywhere near those numbers. >> reporter: maybe not as many as last time but still hundreds of thousands of people. the good news is there are still hotel rooms available if you are willing to pay a large fee. the average price for a night is $600. one more interesting thing to note is the actual official swearing in ceremony will take place next sunday. it's the constitutionally mandated day for the swearing to take place. the public ceremony will take place on monday, it's a federal holiday, martin luther king day. it's the second time inauguration fell on that holiday. the last time was 1997 for president clinton's inauguratio
Jan 17, 2013 1:00pm PST
. stand by. you're in "the situation room." next monday president obama will speak to the american people and to the world in his second inauguration speech. but after four very challenging years in office what tone should the president strike this time around? joining us now democratic strategist paul begala and david frum, a former white house speechwriter for george h.w. bush. also author of "why romney lost." doing very well. here's what the white house press secretary said today about the president's speech preparation. let me play the clip from jay carney. >> all i can tell you is the president in general when he works on a speech writes them long hand on a yellow pad and i've seen some yellow pads filled with writing of late around but i don't have any more details on the speech. >> both of you are former speechwriters. paul, you wrote this on the daily beast. president obama's task is much like the couple renewing their wedding vows after decades of tough but rewarding marriage. if the words are too ideal list, they will seem hollow or saccharine. if too sh
Jan 14, 2013 6:00am PST
be the case. we're learning president obama will hold his first news conference of his second term, certainly of the new year, 2013, that will happen 11:15 this morning in the east room. it is an open press event. perhaps the reason for this is his push on immigration. we may hear some of that at the top of this news conference what he hopes to accomplish there in terms of comprehensive immigration reform. no doubt there will be questions though about the debt ceiling and how the president expects to make up those revenues, whether he will try to do that to increase taxes one form or another. there will be a lot of questions this morning perhaps on afghanistan as well. that comes up 1:15 this morning and that comes up here on fox news. bill: you wonder if his answers parallel with what senator lee was talking about or whether they go in an entirely different direction. that is where the battle lines draw on this new term. martha: correction. this will be the last press conference of the last term because the inauguration is coming up. bill: duly noted. a week from today, "america's newsroom"